At Meridian, your child will receive the necessary individualized attention to thrive in the classroom. Although it seems like a big school, each teacher and staff member knows your child’s name, and homeroom teachers communicate regularly with our parents via progress reports, report cards, parent-teacher conferences each trimester, and emails, phone calls and texts.
Some new features for SY17-18 include:
Bi-weekly classroom progress sheets that inform you of your child’s academic and behavior progress
Classroom websites that are updated with summaries of quarterly curriculum (for all subjects), daily and weekly homework information, and class events and other important information throughout the year
We celebrate each child’s unique skills and interests, and work with families to ensure successful transitions to the next grade level. We welcome parental involvement and know that your input is crucial to your student’s success in school and beyond.
Read more about our policies and procedures and access forms.
Visit our Parent Center!
Meridian’s Parent Center is an open resource for Meridian parents, and offers numerous programs free of charge. These programs are designed to promote students’ emotional, physical, social, and intellectual strengths. Parents can also use our computers to find jobs, check email accounts, and learn about parenting.
Meridian has a full-time bilingual parent coordinator to provide support to our Spanish-speaking families, who provides interpretation and translation support, organizes events, and coordinates parent outreach.
Parent Center Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
If you have questions about the Meridian Parent Center or any of the programs offered, please contact Ms. Maple Lewis, Program Coordinator, ext. 203 or Ms. Hilda Marquez, Parent Center Coordinator/Translator, ext. 204.
Learn more about workshops at our Parent Center.
Before and after-care
Meridian offers families the following options for before care and aftercare for SY2019-20:
Operated by Meridian at the Elementary School from 7:00 - 8:00 AM; please apply using the online application at bit.ly/MPCSBeforecare1920. There is no paper application.
$50 for 1 child, $60 for 2 children, $70 for 3 children, biweekly. Payable with a credit or check card via Square machine in the school, or via our website (credit cards, PayPal and ApplePay beginning on/about August 19, 2019) or money order payable to "Meridian Public Charter School". No cash or checks accepted.
Before care payment schedule can be found at bit.ly/2SyXKk9
Before care at Meridian is cost-free for families that fall in one or more of the following categories:
Families that receive TANF, Medicaid, SNAP or other DC financial assistance (documented proof required)
Students experiencing homelessness, unaccompanied minors, and any foster youth
Families who do not qualify for TANF or Medicaid due to their legal status in the US
Program begins on your child’s SECOND day of school. Students MAY NOT attend before care on their first day of school.
AFTER CARE PROGRAMS
New for SY2019-20, Meridian will offer two different on-site after care programs, implemented by the YMCA Anthony Bowen and by Mentors of Minorities in Education (M.O.M.I.E’s TLC). Families are free to choose to enroll in either program. Meridian will help subsidize the monthly cost for qualified families with demonstrated financial need in either program, giving priority to families with students in grades PK-5, on a first come, first serve basis.
M.O.M.I.E’s., TLC – at Meridian Public Charter School - Elementary Campus
Open to PK3 – 6th grade students
Full Time (5 days/wk), Part Time (3 days/wk), and Early Release only (Thurs, 1-3:30p AND 1-6:00p), and drop-in options available. Both Part Time (if scheduled for Thursday) and Full Time programs include care from 1-3:30p on Thursdays.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: 4 Cornerstones of Genius - 1. Academic Achievement (tutoring and homework assistance); 2. Cultural Empowerment (teaching about minority luminaries across the world to encourage cultural pride, confidence, self-worth, and character boosting); 3. Family Strengthening (families are brought in to build skills and bonding); 4. Life Academy (learning entry level skills in various fields such as dance, photography, arts & crafts, gymnastics, etc.)
COST: Annual, one-time $50 registration fee per child (sibling discounts available) +
Full Time (M-F): $320/month OR $165 if paid bi-weekly, $85 if paid weekly
Part Time (3 days/wk): $230/month OR $120 if paid bi-weekly, $35 if paid weekly
Early Release Thur (1 p-3:30p): $65/month
Early Release Thur (1-6p): $130/month
Mentors of Minorities in Education’s Total Learning Cis-tem (M.O.M.I.E’s TLC) will provide financial assistance on a sliding scale for qualified families in need. Ask for more information.
To complete the registration form, please visit www.momiestlc.org or visit the ES Parent Center. For further assistance please reach out to Clifton King, Jr. (240) 350-6397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YMCA ANTHONY BOWEN 3 o’clock Club at Meridian Public Charter School - Elementary Campus
Open to PK3 – 8th grade students (no pick up or escorts from the MS).
Part Time (3 days/wk), Full Time (5 days/wk), and Early Release only (Thurs, 1-3:30p) options available. Both Part Time (if scheduled for Thursday) and Full Time programs include care from 1-3:30p on Thursdays.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Wellness initiatives, tutoring assistance, and support in an environment that promotes learning and academic excellence. After snack and homework help, for SY19-20, YMCA after care students will rotate through 2 activities of their choosing including Swimming, Indoor Rock Climbing, All-Star Sports, Let’s Get to Cooking, Exploring Arts & Crafts, FLL (FIRST® LEGO® League), So You Think You Can Dance!, and Reader’s Club.
COST: Annual, one-time $50 registration fee + community program membership fee $62 (or $114 for 2 more children) + $300/month/ES student for Full Time; $210/month/ES student for Part Time; $60/month for Early Release (1-3:30p) only, paid to the YMCA Anthony Bowen
The YMCA will provide financial assistance of up to 10% of the full time monthly cost for a limited number of qualified families in need.
Complete registration form and/or the financial assistance application and submit it with all requested supporting documentation to the ES Parent Center, the YMCA Anthony Bowen, or by email to email@example.com
BETA MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY - 1353 Florida Ave NW
Will pick up students ages 5 and up (may take some mature and eager 4.5 year olds) from the Elementary School daily, including Early Release Thursdays. *New for SY1920 – a teens program for 12-16 year olds.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts + homework help, a free Gi (uniform for martial arts), and free admission to all full day camps for holidays and selected professional development days included for after care students. In addition to martial arts, students learn responsibility, accountability, focus, discipline and respect.
COST: 1 day/week = $50/week or 11 payments of $177.27, 2 days/week = $80/week or 11 payments of $283.63; 5 days/week = $125/week or 11 payments of $443.20
KINGMAN BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB – 1529 Kingman Place NW
Will pick up students ages 5 and up from the Elementary School daily, including Early Release Thursdays
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: A year round program that provides educational, cultural, athletic, recreational, and employment opportunities to young people to ensure they are successful and socially responsible adults.
COST: Fees are on a sliding scale, also accepts DC Child Care Voucher (subsidy).
For more information contact Ms. Bibbs (Intake) 202-483-1210. See flyer for more details.
GEORGE FERRIS, JR. CLUBHOUSE 6 BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB – 801 Shepherd Street NW
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: A year round program that provides educational, cultural, athletic, recreational, and employment opportunities to young people to ensure they are successful and socially responsible adults. Includes day camps on DCPS Professional Development Days, and affordable winter, spring and summer break camps.
COST: SY1819 fees were $50 annual membership fee + $40/month transportation fee. SY1920 fees not yet available at time of posting.
For more information contact Ms. Tonia Young, Branch Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 576-7285
MERIDIAN SPONSORED CLUBS, SPORTS AND TUTORING
Clubs and sports will begin the week of September 19, 2019
Afterschool tutoring will begin after the conclusion of fall MAP testing in October 2019. Tutoring will be for selected 2nd-8th graders with greatest demonstrated academic need.
Before and after care FAQs
Why doesn’t Meridian run its own aftercare program anymore?
Meridian was offering aftercare services to families at a below market rate. It is possible that when the program was initiated, it was offering fair and competitive pricing. But after many years of operation without increasing costs, it was determined that the school could not continue to operate the program without incurring significant financial losses. Further, we found that other providers offered richer, higher quality programming than what Meridian had been able to offer on its own in recent years.
Read through our policies and procedures.